Well, it’s official: The debate should no longer be about whether or not Strikeforce is headed for an early grave, but whether or not we should allow their lifeless corpse to continue resting in its vegetative state or simply pull the plug. Less than a month after cancelling their September 29th card due to injury, word has just broke that Strikeforce will also be cancelling their event scheduled for November 3rd in light of another slew of injuries.
We know the discussion of the injury curse is beyond old news at this point, but is anyone else still having trouble coming to terms with the pure scale of devastation it has wreaked on the sport in 2012? Even the UFC has been forced to, as BG put it, scrape the bottom of the matchmaking barrel for available fighters and they’ve poached upwards of half the fighters that Strikeforce previously had under their banner, to the point that one key injury could completely undo a card. Thank God the UFC would never be forced to resort to such drastic measures.
In either case, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was already looking to the future when discussing the second straight cancellation:
Due to a series of injuries, we were forced to cancel the upcoming card on Nov. 3, but are already working to put together a stacked card in January.
Yeah, Scott, we’re sure UFC 156 will be pretty great too.
As you are likely very well aware of, the November 3rd event was supposed to be Daniel Cormier’s last fight under his Strikeforce contract. Unfortunately, the newly-crowned HW champ (among other fighters on the card), was not even made aware of this cancellation until the news was public knowledge.
Via Cormier’s Twitter: “Very sad about not fighting but at the end of the day something positive will come from it. More time to train. I am with a good company…”
Cormier spoke with Helwani shortly after being surprised with the news, and was slightly less empathetic to his soon to be former employers:
I wish somebody would have told me something. This is unbelievable. I’m very upset. I just want to be informed. That’s all. I don’t think that’s asking for too much.
No, Daniel, it wouldn’t be asking too much. Just like asking a sinking promotion that is holding some of the world’s best fighters to end their charade once and for all doesn’t seem like too much to ask either. But life has a way of complicating things.
So there you have it: Strikeforce is dead, and Vaudeville’s the box they’re gonna bury it in. The only question that remains is: How long do you give it? January? March? DARE WE SAY APRIL?